Save Equal Pay

If equal pay is not funded, jobs and services will be under threat.
We fought to win equal pay, we will fight to protect it.

Jobs & Services under threat

In 2012 ASU members won 23% to 45% pay rises. The Fair Work Commission ordered that Equal Pay increases on our Award wages be phased in over eight years – with the final installment in December 2020.

These increases were won because of a long campaign by ASU members.

When ASU members won Equal Pay, state and federal government set aside special funds to cover our new higher rates of pay. This guaranteed funding until this year.

Now it’s clear that the federal government has not budgeted to lift the funding of programs into the future. The federal budget is due in October, so we must act now to Save Equal Pay.

If Equal Pay is not funded, jobs and services will be under threat.

We fought to win Equal Pay. We will fight to protect it.

Sign the petition to Save Equal Pay
and protect Jobs & Services

We’re calling on the Federal Government to continue to fund our Equal Pay increases into the future to protect jobs and services across the country.

Community services are essential services. We have supported some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our society through a year of floods, fires and now a pandemic.

Our organisations rely on Government funding to pay the Equal Pay wages we fought for and won back in 2012.

The Federal Government has not committed to continue to fund our Equal Pay wages beyond December 2020. Because of this, our sector faces a massive funding shortfall of over $500 million which will impact over 100,000 jobs and countless essential services.

As the global pandemic continues and as our country enters a recession, the community sector needs more certainty not less. It needs more funding, not less, to do the important work we do.

The Federal Government can fix this in its Federal Budget in October. Join us in calling on them to properly fund Equal Pay and support essential community services workers!

Sign the petition now.

Protect Jobs and Services.
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Send a message to the
Government to Save Equal Pay!

We need to let Federal Government MPs and Senators know that 12,000 jobs are at risk if they don’t provide ongoing funding for Equal Pay wages ordered by the Fair Work Commission.

The Federal Budget is on October 6th and this is the Federal Government’s opportunity to fix this problem and listen to essential community workers.

Try to personalise your email and tell your story about where you work, what this funding cut would mean for your job, your service, and your local community.

The more stories we can tell, the more pressure we can put on the Government to listen to essential community workers and fix this in the Federal Budget!

Help save Jobs & Services

Join the ASU
It was only when workers joined together in 2012 that we won Equal Pay. We can do it again. Join us now to save Equal Pay

Pass a resolution in your workplace committing to be part of the campaign

Take action in your local community in support of the campaign to save services, save jobs and save Equal Pay!

Download the ASU Delegates & Activists workplace meeting action pack

News, reports and research

ASU Equal Pay Case

In 2012 ASU members won 23% to 45% pay rises. The Fair Work Commission ordered that Equal Pay increases on our Award wages be phased in over eight years – with the final instalment in December 2020.

These increases were won because of a long campaign by ASU members.

The Fair Work Commission agreed with us that:

  1. The vast majority of workers in our industry are women, and
  2. The nature of the work (“care work”) has traditionally been undervalued as it has been viewed as “women’s work”
  3. Therefore, our sector wages needed to be lifted to recognise this. We argued that our wages should be on par with public sector jobs that are similar to ours.

Not only did we win the argument in the Fair Work Commission, we also won billions of dollars in state and federal government funding to cover the cost of these wage increases.

It was a history victory for all workers in our sector – thanks to union members.

What does Equal Pay mean for you?

Twice every year since 2012 our rates of pay have increased. Members are between $200 and $594 better off per week.

Here’s how Equal Pay has made a difference to three levels of members' weekly pay.

Join your union

The ASU is the union for social & community services workers.

As a member of the ASU you also get:
• access to on demand free career training and webinars to help develop your skills
• many discounts as part of our Member Advantage program at places like Woolworths, Coles and Dan Murphys
• tax deductible membership fees

Contact

For Social & Community Services workers, contact your Australian Services Union State or Territory Branch:

Queensland: The Services Union Queensland - (07) 3844 5300
New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory: ASU NSW & ACT Services -(02) 9310 4000
South Australia & Northern Territory: ASU SA & NT - (08) 8363 1322
Victoria & Tasmania: ASU Victorian & Tasmanian Authorities and Services - 1300 855 570
Western Australia: ASU WA - member.service@asuwa.org

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